In our region, homeowners have a choice between gas- or oil-burning furnaces. Which one is better? In any discussion of gas vs. oil furnaces, the price and availability of fuel are paramount. Currently, the price of natural gas is low. Oil is generally the most expensive type of home-heating fuel, followed by propane, then electricity […]
As a homeowner needing a new furnace, you have three basic types of furnaces to choose from with regard to heating output and/or fan speed – the single-stage furnace, the two-stage furnace, and the variable-speed furnace. They vary in burner operation and blower speed, rather than size or capacity. We explain each of these below to help you […]
Shopping for new HVAC equipment for your Dayton area home can be a challenging process. If not for the Energy Star label, many consumers might spend weeks before making a well-informed decision. As if the federal Energy Star program’s service to consumers and the environment wasn’t enough, now they’re fine-tuning the program with the new […]
The U.S. Department of Energy has divided the country into three regions with different furnace efficiency standards: the Southeast, Southwest and North. Ohio falls into the northern region, and the changes in furnace efficiency standards go into effect in May 2013. The current efficiency standard for fuel-burning furnaces is 80 percent AFUE (annual fuel utilization […]
Air-source heat pumps are an efficient alternative to gas-powered furnaces that can save energy and lower your heating bills. However, when the temperatures drop below freezing, standard models begin losing their heating efficiency. At this point, the heat pump will switch over to electric resistance heating, which is expensive. This is fine for warmer climates, […]
If your furnace is red tagged, that likely means there’s a crack in the heat exchanger. A technician performing a tune-up or repair may spot the issue. With the discovery of this problem, your furnace is no longer permitted to operate because the crack may leak poisonous carbon monoxide gas into your home. If the […]
If your current heating system isn’t heating the way it used to, it might be time to look into replacing your furnace. And as long as you’re replacing your furnace, it’s also a good idea to look at a high-efficiency furnace option. With high energy bills and diminishing resources, high efficiency furnaces can be an […]
When it’s cold outside and your furnace isn’t working, your main priority is to get the unit fixed and the heat flowing again.
A lot of people are trying to save money in today’s economic climate. Sometimes, that means delaying purchases and trying to get one more year out of that car, computer or furnace.